Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post bestselling author. Those are distinctions that he never thought would apply to him. When he was a boy, Michael found a typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, inserted a blank piece of paper, and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same action while expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again. Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: He wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter who struggled due to dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since. Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five. Some key accomplishments of his career include: * New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today bestselling author * Named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors * Sold nearly 2 Million English copies * Been translated into 14 foreign languages * Spent more than 5 years on Amazon's Bestselling Fantasy Author's list * A seven-time Goodreads Choice Award's Nominee * His books have been named to more than 250 best-of or most-anticipated lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads.com, and Audible.com Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages with thirteen released novels, three awaiting publication, and new works in various developmental stages. His past and future releases include: * 2008 - 2010: Small-press and self-publication of first 5 Riyria Revelation novels * 2011 - 2012: Orbit (fantasy imprint of Hachette) re-release of The Riyria Revelations * 2013: Riyria Chronicles launches from Orbit with the publication of two novels * 2014: Hollow World, a sci-fi novel released by Tachyon Publications (print) and self (ebook) * 2015: The Death of Dulgath (released through self-publication with bookstore distribution) * 2016: Age of Myth, the debut novel in The Legends of the First Empire series from Del Rey * 2017: Age of Swords (Del Rey) & Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Self) * 2018: Age of War (Del Rey) * 2019: Age of Legends (Grim Oak Press) * 2020: Age of Death | Age of Empyre CONTACT INFORMATION * Riyria Blog: www.riyria.com * Hollow World Blog: www.hollowworldnovel.wordpress.com * Legends of the First Empire Series Blog: www.firstempireseries.com * Twitter: @author_sullivan * Riyria Facebook: www.facebook.com/riyria * Author Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.michael.sullivan * Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2063919.Michael_J_Sullivan
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